Food Network Conquers the World; Less Unhealthy Food in Schools

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• Fewer middle and high schools are selling candy and salty snacks to their students. [WSJ]

Top Chef begins casting for its seventh season next month. [Eater NY]

• Next month, Bravo will debut Chef Academy, a new series following Michelin-starred chef Jean Christophe Novelli as he moves to Los Angeles and opens a cooking school. [Eat Me Daily]

• The owner of Park Slope's Tea Lounge has scrapped his plans for a Brooklyn Heights outpost. [Brooklyn Paper]

• A sign for midtown cart Fahima Halal Food declares it to be much better than Kwik Meal — which just so happens to be owned by the Fahima owner's brother. [Gothamist]

• The Food Network will soon launch programming in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. [Cincinnati Business Courier via Food Section]

• Lines at the Bronx's food pantries are the longest they've been in quite a while. [City Room/NYT]

• The Manhattan Cocktail Classic was a pretty good time. [Feed/TONY]